Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Please Meet Chromium Cobalt Hip, Formerly Known as Bone Hip

 

Today was my last scheduled appointment for 2019 for my hip replacement surgery. Unless something unforeseen happens, and I fervently hope that's not the case, I won't return for X-rays until next year. I am now permitted to travel by air, bend my leg and return to the gym. I laugh when I write this last phrase. I was never among the first chosen for teams growing up and gym was not a favorite time for me. But I am looking forward to getting back to my yoga classes and trying aqua aerobics. I'm going to do one more month of physical therapy and work on stretching my still somewhat stiff leg muscles and improve my balance. 

I have thankfully avoided the big risks after hip surgery -- infection, a blood clot and dislocating my new hip. It's still possible to dislocate my hip -- falling is the big risk -- but a blood clot is unlikely and the risk of infection is primarily a concern with dental work or other medical procedures. I'm still in the three month window of recovery, but if I'm prudent I'm permitted to get a pedicure, and a mini-spa day in the neighborhood is on my schedule.

So long last, please meet my right hip, Cobalt Chromium (CC), formerly known as Bone Hip. Thanks, Bone Hip for sixty eight years of companionship. You were with me for thousands of miles of walking, hundreds of miles of swimming laps and years of tap dancing. You carried me to many countries and seven continents. CC, glad you're on board for the thousands of miles yet to walk and laps to swim. We're going to have fun.

I've realized any number of things as a result of my hip replacement surgery. Days without pain are a gift. Walking is a gift and walking without a limp is a gift. My cane has been my trusty companion through this experience and even in crowded, busy New York it guarantees me a seat on the bus or subway. I'll be happy to retire it to its place in the back of the coat closet, but for now we're going steady.

We had one of our few snow days today. Usually by this time of the winter, we've had so much snow that I'm ready to box it up and ship every last flake far, far away. But we've really had very little snow and I enjoyed being outside and seeing the flakes fall. I don't have to worry about snow for the next little while. In the wacky weather world we've been experiencing the prediction for tomorrow is high 40s and high 50s on Sunday.

As ever, thanks for visiting and take good care!
 

12 comments:

Linda said...

Good for you!!! Moving is a good thing for our joints! Louis Dean and I are upping our game and have joined a 'gym'.....as in at the Senior Citizens Center! no young hipsters with rock music and flat abs and bulging biceps around us as we tread out our 30 minutes on the treadmills!
You are rocking this hip surgery!!!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Glad to hear you are doing well, Carol! Healing will contiue, and also getting strength and agility back over time, but the worse is over!

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Saying good bye to pain is a mighty good thing. I am so glad you are doing well.

Theresa said...

So happy that you are doing well with the new hip. Keep on keepin' on my friend and you'll be dancing in the Spring weather soon:) HUGS!

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

You're doing great, and so glad for you!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

How wonderful you are doing so well. Back to almost normal! Yes, do take it slowly and don't ever fall ! We too are to be in the 50's come Sunday, for now the snow has melted here, but unlike you we have had plenty!

Pepper said...

Carol, so happy you are having such a successful recovery. You will be back to 100% very soon. Your fabulous attitude is a huge part of your success!

Pepper said...

Carol, so happy you are having such a successful recovery. You will be back to 100% very soon. Your fabulous attitude is a huge part of your success!

Mevely317 said...

What a clever post … pleased to meet you 'CC'! I appreciate you keeping us informed ...and encouraged!

Kerin said...

Amazing medical technology!
So happy for you to have plans for more travel and a continued active lifestyle.
Keep up the great work with your therapy and recovery!

Continued speedy recovery wishes for you :)

~K.

Terra said...

Your post made me smile with your upbeat take on your new hip and plans to be active with it.

Susie said...

Carol, I am so happy for you. You have done well. I too am thankful for that. I wish you the very best always. Stay safe. Blessings, xoxo, Susie